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In cities around the country, businesses are ready to close on Thursday as immigrants will boycott classes, shopping and working.
In Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Austin, Texas and other large U.S. cities, immigrants are planning to remain at home Thursday as part of the strike that has been called “A Day Without Immigrants.”
Following a series of roundups nationwide of undocumented immigrants, organizers are urging legal residents along with undocumented ones to take part in the nationwide boycott.
From dishwashers to doctors, immigrants are an integral part of daily life across the U.S., said the CEO and president of the National Council of La Raza. She praised Chef Jose Andres a Spanish-American who decided to close his restaurants in Washington, D.C. on Thursday.
The celebrity chef has said he made the decision to close his restaurants when a couple of hundred employees said they would not work on Thursday. They in turn asked him to support their cause and he obliged.
Andres is facing a lawsuit by President Donald Trump after he pulled out of a deal for his restaurant at the new hotel Trump has in Washington, D.C. over the offensive comments that Trump made about immigrants from Mexico.
The Trump administration, which has been in power less than one month, implemented policies that many advocates have called anti-immigrant.
The first policies implemented include building a wall along the entire U.S. and Mexico border, boost the number of border patrol agents and strip funding by the federal government to sanctuary cities that limit their cooperation with federal immigration agents.
It is not clear the number of immigrants in the U.S. that will take part in Thursday’s boycott, but restaurants throughout the Northeast have closed as a sign of solidarity.
Sweet Green the chain of health food stores announced that it would be closing all 18 stores in the Maryland-Virginia-Washington, D.C. area.
Busboys & Poets as well as over one dozen other restaurants in Washington, D.C. announced they would be closed, while restaurants in Philadelphia, New York, Minnesota as well as Austin did as well.
In New Mexico, the U.S. state with the biggest percentage of Hispanic residents, school officials are worried that hundreds of area students would remain home.
Students taking part in Thursday’s protest will be given unexcused absences, said school officials in Albuquerque.
In Phoenix, Silvana Salcido Esparza an acclaimed chef said she would close three of her restaurants.